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Agreement between the European Union and the Republic of Armenia on visa liberalisation (Official Journal of the European Union, 31 October 2013 No L 289/2) An agreement to facilitate the issuance of visas for short stays in the Schengen area (up to 90 days in a period of 180 days). The agreement generally defines certain categories of persons who may claim special privileges in the visa process and the form of those privileges. This may include, for example, shorter processing times, lower fees, or fee waiver for certain groups of people (. B e.g. children, students, pensioners) and the issuance of several visas. The European Commission has proposed to partially suspend the EU Visa Facilitation Agreement with the Republic of Belarus, which provides for the reciprocal issuance of visas to EU and Belarusian citizens for a maximum stay of 90 days for certain categories of officials associated with the regime. Visa facilitation agreements promote people-to-people contacts between EU citizens and citizens of non-EU parties to the agreement. The agreements facilitate the issuance of visas for short stays not exceeding 90 days after a stay of 180 days. According to the proposal for partial suspension, the requirements for further written evidence of the purpose of travel and the visa processing fee apply This article provides an analysis of the objective, substantial and political implications of the EC agreements on visa facilitation and readmission. These agreements have become increasingly important in EU foreign policy, as the EU has begun to view visa facilitation agreements not only as a necessary incentive to sign a readmission agreement, but also as a means of mitigating the negative side effects of eastward enlargement. By offering relaxed travel conditions in exchange for the approval of an EC readmission agreement and reforms in the areas of justice and home affairs, the EU has found a new way to put pressure on reforms in neighbouring countries while encountering a major source of discontent in these countries. The analysis takes into account the wider impact of these agreements, arguing that while facilitated travel options are beneficial for citizens of destination countries, positive achievements will be undermined by the Schengen enlargement, which forces new Member States to tighten their borders with their neighbours.

Agreement between the European Union and Armenia on visa liberalisation (01.01.2014) By participating in the Schengen cooperation, Switzerland has undertaken to follow the same rules and practices as the European Union (EU) when issuing visas for stays of less than three months. Switzerland thus concludes visa facilitation agreements with countries that have already signed similar agreements with the EU. This ensures harmonisation in the visa issuing process within the Schengen area. You must be logged in and accept our technical and session cookies. (SR 0.142.111.562.1; Entry into force: 1 August 2016) Acquiring instant access (PDF download and unlimited online access): the decision is adopted in the context of Belarus` attempts to destabilise the EU and its Member States by facilitating irregular migration for political purposes and suspending the readmission to Belarus of people without the right to stay in the EU. This applies regardless of the country in which the applicant currently lives. . The main benefits for you who are citizens of one of these countries are:. . . .